Monday, March 7, 2011
As we walked in, I thought the atmosphere of the place was nice for what was obviously a family friendly restaurant (there is a bar side though if you prefer not to sit around kids). There is a fireplace in the middle of the restaurant, between the bar and the dining room, and we had made a reservation, so we got a table near it which was pretty, but the table for 4 was quite small and difficult to maneuver with every seat full. My kids loved the dry erase boards they were given to draw on (why do kids love dry erase boards so much?) and I was pleased that they were kept occupied while we figured out what to order.
The adult entrees came with salads, and hubby got the Caesar and I upgraded (for $3) to their version of a wedge. Hubby's Caesar was bad. Well, it was lettuce. There was really no dressing to be seen (well maybe a tiny bit in a stripe under the lettuce). Ok, I know I am sort of weird about salads being tossed, but a Caesar HAS to be tossed with the dressing. That is just how it is done. My salad was a small wedge of iceberg with candied pecans, tomatoes, bacon, and a creamy buttermilk feta dressing. I liked that it was slightly different from the usual blue cheese wedge, which I get somewhat tired of seeing on menus, and the dressing was nice--a little bit of tanginess coming from the buttermilk and the feta was a nice complement to the sweet pecans and salty bacon (which was thankfully larger pieces than on the chips). The salad was much smaller than most wedges I have seen though, which was great for me because I don't generally like to eat half a head of lettuce with my dinner, but for an extra $3, I thought it was a little pricey given the size.
Hubby had the rigatoni pasta bolognese. ($15) The meat was veal, pork and beef and was in a red sauce. All in all, an okay dish, but didn't really taste like something you couldn't fairly easily make at home (although this is why I rarely order a dish like this).
My kids both had the grilled cheese pizza ($5) (my son is in that stage where he wants the same thing his big sister is getting). I did not care for the pizza at all. The crust was slightly grilled on the bottom but tasted totally flat and a little cardboard-y. The kids said it was ok, but preferred my steak. They did end up eating most of it though. They also got fries on the side which suffered from being soggy--not sure if they weren't cooked long enough or if the oil wasn't hot enough, but even the kids wouldn't eat them.
This is a place that I can see a need for in Geist--it is a midrange, family friendly, independent restaurant serving quite a wide variety of food. It reminded me a lot of George's or Binkley's if you are familiar with either of those places. Honestly, my main dish tasted quite good, but everything else left me a little disappointed. If I lived in Geist, I can see repeating a visit (and pretty sure everyone in my family would be getting the skirt steak), but for a 15-20 minute drive? Not so sure.
11705 Fox Road